Convert JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs to scalable vector graphics with this free online image autotracer. Introduction: Turning a Pixel Image Into a Vector Image Using Adobe Illustrator CS5. Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you! Flexible drawing tools.
Those of us who are artistically challenged need all the help we can get when it comes to design software. Facebook Profile View Notification. A new tool called --the result of research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda--seems to be a valuable addition to the arsenal of free apps available for creating and editing images online. Basically, Vector Magic takes rasterized images (composed of pixels) and converts them to vector (or scalable) images. The result is an image that can be easily resized with no blur or pixelation--an ideal format for logos or other images that need to appear both large and small.
Vector Magic supports the uploading of JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF formats, and can export its final products as EPS, SVG, or PNG files. A warning on the Vector Magic blog today warns users to be patient because of a recent upswing in the load on its servers, but I had no problem at all converting JPEG images of various sizes into vector images in no time at all. After your image is vectorized, you can compare it with the original and edit. CNET Networks After you upload your image to Vector Magic, you'll be asked to specify what sort of image it is: photograph, logo with blending at the color boundaries (aliased), or logo without blending at the boundaries (antialiased).
A checkbox below the uploading tool lets you select a 'Pre-fill image type' option, which will automatically detect which type of image you are uploading. Once the image type is set, you must pick a level of image detail (high, medium, or low). If your image is a logo, you must also specify whether it has less or more than 12 colors. If less than 12, Vector Magic will analyze the colors and you can specify and alter the color palette manually.
If your image is a photograph or a logo with more than 12 colors, you'll need to trust Vector Magic to identify them all correctly, which it does fairly well. Now that all your settings are selected, you're ready to vectorize your image.
Depending on the size of your picture and the amount of detail, the vectorizing process can take up to a few minutes. One of the coolest features of Vector Magic is the ability to track the progress of your work. Using a cookie-based system, Vector Magic will list all of your active images from the past 30 days on a My Uploaded Images page.
A progress bar for images in that list--such as on the 'yummy.gif' image below--displays the progress vectorizing your image. While that image is being processed, you are free to edit your other images or upload more. Multitasking in an online app? Color me impressed. When your picture is finished converting, a split-screen display will compare the original, rasterized image with the new vector image.
Graphic controls that appear over your image let you zoom and pan to examine details. On the right side of the interface, 'Troubleshooting' options offer the ability to tweak your image further. If fine details were lost, you can reprocess the image on the highest quality setting. If color boundaries are not smooth, you can process on a lower setting. Likewise, you can reduce, add, or fine-tune the colors in your palette to improve the quality. A My Uploaded Images page shows all of your active work.